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The Resource Gumshoe America : hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism, Sean McCann

Gumshoe America : hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism, Sean McCann

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Gumshoe America : hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism
Title
Gumshoe America
Title remainder
hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism
Statement of responsibility
Sean McCann
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Gumshoe America Sean McCann offers a bold new account of the hard-boiled crime story and its literary and political significance. Illuminating a previously unnoticed set of concerns at the heart of the fiction, he contends that mid-twentieth-century American crime writers used the genre to confront and wrestle with many of the paradoxes and disappointments of New Deal liberalism. For these authors, the same contradictions inherent in liberal democracy were present within the changing literary marketplace of the mid-twentieth-century United States: the competing claims of the elite versus the popular, the demands of market capitalism versus conceptions of quality, and the individual versus a homogenized society
  • Gumshoe America traces the way those problems surfaced in hard-boiled crime fiction from the 1920s through the 1960s. Beginning by using a forum on the Ku Klux Klan in the pulp magazine Black Mask to describe both the economic and political culture of pulp fiction in the early twenties, McCann locates the origins of the hard-boiled crime story in the genre's conflict with the racist antiliberalism prominent at the time. Turning his focus to Dashiell Hammett's career, McCann shows how Hammett's writings in the late 1920s and early 1930s moved detective fiction away from its founding fables of social compact to the cultural alienation triggered by a burgeoning administrative state. He then examines how Raymond Chandler's fiction, unlike Hammett's, idealized sentimental fraternity, echoing the communitarian appeals of the late New Deal. Two of the first crime writers to publish original fiction in paperback -- Jim Thompson and Charles Willeford -- are examined next injuxtaposition to the popularity enjoyed by their contemporaries Mickey Spillane and Ross Macdonald. The stories of the former two, claims McCann, portray the decline of the New Deal and the emergence of the rights-based liberalism of the postwar years and reveal new attitudes toward government: individual alienation, frustration with bureaucratic institutions, and dissatisfaction with the growing vision of America as a meritocracy. Before concluding, McCann turns to the work of Chester Himes, who, in producing revolutionary hard-boiled novels, used the genre to explore the changing political significance of race that accompanied the rise of the Civil Rights movement in the late 1950s and the 1960s
  • Combining a striking reinterpretation of the hard-boiled crime story with a fresh view of the political complications and cultural legacies of the New Deal, Gumshoe America will interest students and fans of the genre, and scholars of American history, culture, and government
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DLC
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McCann, Sean
Dewey number
813/.087209358
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.D4
LC item number
M38 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New Americanists
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  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Politics and literature
  • American fiction
  • Liberalism
  • Political fiction, American
  • Noir fiction, American
  • New Deal, 1933-1939
  • Crime in literature
Label
Gumshoe America : hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism, Sean McCann
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-364) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Uncivil society: hard-boiled crime fiction and the idea of a democratic culture -- "Mystic rigmarole": Dashiell Hammett and the realist critique of liberalism -- The pulp writer as vanishing American: Raymond Chandler's decentralist imagination -- Letdown artists: paperback noir and the procedural republic -- Tangibles: Chester Himes and the slow death of new deal populism -- Conclusion: Beyond us, yet ourselves
Control code
44868842
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 370 pages
Isbn
9780822325949
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
00010992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Gumshoe America : hard-boiled crime fiction and the rise and fall of New Deal liberalism, Sean McCann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Uncivil society: hard-boiled crime fiction and the idea of a democratic culture -- "Mystic rigmarole": Dashiell Hammett and the realist critique of liberalism -- The pulp writer as vanishing American: Raymond Chandler's decentralist imagination -- Letdown artists: paperback noir and the procedural republic -- Tangibles: Chester Himes and the slow death of new deal populism -- Conclusion: Beyond us, yet ourselves
Control code
44868842
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 370 pages
Isbn
9780822325949
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
00010992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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